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Doctor insights on: Short Term And Long Term Goals For Breastfeeding Moms

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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I'm a super long haired breastfeeding mom frustrated with all those white strands sticking out. Is it ok to color my hair myself at home?

I'm a super long haired breastfeeding mom frustrated with all those white strands sticking out. Is it ok to color my hair myself at home?

Yes: Please use one of the organic approved for pregnant woman hair dyes if you are breastfeeding. Alternatively, you could be proud of you self for breast feeding and wait to worry about gray hair...But I am sympathetic. ...Read more

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Im a breast feeding mom and I was wondering if it would be ok to have a couple beers if I pump & dump? Also how long should I wait to breast feed agai

Im a breast feeding mom and I was wondering if it would be ok to have a couple beers if I pump & dump? Also how long should I wait to breast feed agai

Alcohol is transf: ed to the breast milk and alcohol intake should be minimized occasionally 1 serving-12 oz beer may be taken but don't breast feed for the next 2 hrs if you drink more than 12 ounces wait additional 2 hrs/12 oz no need to pump and dump ...Read more

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What are some good breastfeeding tips for new moms?

Hard work: Breastfeeding is hard work. Don't let yourself get discouraged. If you are not getting a good latch it will hurt more. If you have questions, see a lactation consultant! ...Read more

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What are common breastfeeding problems among new moms?

What are common breastfeeding problems among new moms?

Variable: Common problems include anxiety about milk supply, sore nipples, difficulty latching the baby and fatigue. Less common problems include breast infections (mastitis) or problems with milk supply. Most of these problems are temporary and surmountable - hang in there! ...Read more

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Which are the best foods for moms to eat while breastfeeding?

Which are the best foods for moms to eat while breastfeeding?

Good, balanced diet: All over the world, women breastfeed their babies just fine. These women have very different diets from one another, yet as long as they eat balanced diets with a good variety of foods, they should do well with their breastfeeding. A breastfeeding mom may choose to avoid a food that she suspects is causing a change in a baby's behavior, and should discuss this with the doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal for breastfeeding moms to be having trouble with sex?

Is it normal for breastfeeding moms to be having trouble with sex?

Often: There are many factors here. A nice article can be found here: http://www.bellybelly.com.au/breastfeeding/libido-and-breastfeeding-whats-happened-to-my-sex-drive-now-i-am-breastfeeding#.U8pk8mK9KSM ...Read more

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Taking mefenamic is it safe for breastfeeding mom?

Taking mefenamic is it safe for breastfeeding mom?

Breastfeeding: It is best to avoid all unnecessary medications while breastfeeding like during pregnancy. Some mefenamic acid does appear in breast milk. Pregnancy category C means either animal studies have shown toxicity or enough studies have not been done to determine safety. Best not to take the medication while breastfeeding. I am glad breastfeeding which is best for the babies health is happening. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to rebond my hair? I am a breastfeeding mom.

Wait: Best not to be expsed to chemicals. No studies to support it. Hence there is no right answer. I tend to play it safe. ...Read more

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Is collagen safe for breastfeeding moms?

Is collagen safe for breastfeeding moms?

Collagen...: ...Is a significant ingredient in all types of meat, and the primary protein in jello. All of these are safe to eat in pregnancy and lactation. ...Read more

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What are the foods that breastfeeding mom should avoid?

What are the foods that breastfeeding mom should avoid?

Breastfeeding : Actually not many. Best to avoid chemicals, pesticides, etc. I am would choose a whole foods, plant based diet, minimizing processed foods and going organic as much as you can. ...Read more

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Are there some things mom should avoid eating if breastfeeding?

Are there some things mom should avoid eating if breastfeeding?

See below:: Shark, swordfish, tilefish, king mackerel should be avoided due to high mercury content. Fresh water fish that come from places that are known to be contaminated. Artificial sweeteners like saccharin. Alcohol is allowed in small amounts.Coffee (limit to two cups a day) or other caffeinated foods and drink. Processed foods with numerous additives. ...Read more

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Is it ok for breastfeeding mom to go at the sea and get a moderate tan?

Is it ok for breastfeeding mom to go at the sea and get a moderate tan?

Breastmilk & Beach: Hello NinoS. Tanning &beach time will not affect your milk & is ok.For your protection,important to note any level of tanning increases risks of skin cancers &so tanning alternatives &broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 is best. Other tips are cleaning off sunscreen from breasts before feeds& avoiding sun exposure to breast to prevent sunburned/dried nipples which can cause pain/infection. ...Read more

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I'm a breastfeeding mom and have cold. Will my baby also get cold if I breastfeed her?

I'm a breastfeeding mom and have cold. Will my baby also get cold if I breastfeed her?

Perhaps: Colds and viral respiratory infections are common, but does not mean a nursing mother has to stop nursing. Some mothers use masks during feeding if they are coughing a great deal. Others pump and have other family members bottle feed. In all cases wash your hands! hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Is it true that breastfeeding mom should avoid going out at night coz the fog and cold wind might make the baby caught cold?

Is it true that breastfeeding mom should avoid going out at night coz the fog and cold wind might make the baby caught cold?

Well, a baby: Should not be overly exposed to the weather, but properly wrapped and warm, the fog is not a vector of disease. Just be sensible, you can go out at night. ...Read more